LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Former Gonzaga men’s basketball great John Stockton was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor on Saturday morning during the WCC Induction Brunch at the Orleans Hotel.
Since taking the hardwood at Gonzaga more than 25 years ago, Stockton and GU have been linked. He remains the player most closely related to the program as has become one of the National Basketball Association’s 50 Greatest Players of all-time.
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Stockton finished his Gonzaga career as the first player to surpass the 1,000 point and 500 assist marks during their career. He was named the West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring, assists and steals during his senior season.
Stockton then became Gonzaga’s first player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft as the Utah Jazz selected the point guard with the 16th overall pick. A 10-time NBA All-Star, Stockton currently ranks as the NBA’s career leader in assists and steals. Stockton has also won Olympic Gold at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
Stockton is the fifth member of Gonzaga’s basketball program to enter the WCC Hall of Honor. He joins GU basketball greats Frank Burgess, Jeff Brown, Blake Stepp, and Dan Dickau, former men’s soccer player Brian Ching, former baseball standouts Jason Bay and Mike Redmond, and former volleyball star Kelley Cunningham Spink as Zags in the conference Hall.
The 2017 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: Stockton, BYU’s Tina Gunn Robison (Women’s Basketball), Loyola Marymount’s Paul Westhead (Men’s Basketball), Pacific’s Jennifer Joines Tamas (Volleyball), Pepperdine’s William “Bird” Averitt (Men’s Basketball), Portland’s Shannon Mac Millan (Women’s Soccer), Saint Mary’s Mark Teahen (Baseball), San Diego’s John Cunningham (Baseball), San Francisco’s Brittany Lindhe (Women’s Basketball) and Santa Clara’s Dick Davey (Men’s Basketball).
- WCAC Most Valuable Player, 1984
- WCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 1984
- AP Honorable Mention All-American, 1984
- CoSIDA Academic All-American, 1984
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, 1984
- NBA 1st Round Draft Pick by Utah Jazz (16th overall)
- 10 time NBA All-Star
- NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steals
- Named one of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, 1996
- Won Olympic Gold at 1992 Barcelona
- Olympic Games
- Won Olympic Gold at 1996 Atlanta
- Olympic Games
- Verizon Academic Hall of Fame inductee, 2002
- Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee, 2009